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Old May 5th, 2017, 07:23 PM   #1
 
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Disappointing day with 9E, my fault?

My son graduated from college today and I gave him a brand new SR9E. I was very excited to take him to the range to try it but first we all know what we had to do, clean out the Ruger grease. We blasted it out with an aerosol gun solvent and then wiped it down with a Remington oil cloth and assembled it.

Off to the range where we had several failures to fully feed with several magazines and ammo types. It got so bad it wouldn't even fully feed the first round as you racked the slide. Meanwhile my SR9C was eating up all the ammo the E was having trouble with and using the same mags. So disappointed we when home.

I readied both pistols for cleaning and thought maybe I should review Ruger Tech tips. They put a lot more oil on the gun than I had, so I decided to follow suit. What a difference, I guess I had cleaned it too well and left it too dry. I cycled ammo through the 9E and it fed and closed every time.

So moral of the story is after you clean out the grease make sure you properly lubricate afterwards.



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Old May 5th, 2017, 08:26 PM   #2
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Great. A little oil does slick it up a bit. Ruger makes a stout weapon that they will back up.
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On semi autos I prefer to fully clean and then use a Q-tip to apply a GUN GREASE to the rails and other parts that have high friction. I found that gun grease will stay put better and provide far less friction then gun oil. You do not need to slop it on, use the Q-tip and apply a light film of grease.
A word of caution, do not use gun grease in a climate where you will have your firearm in freezing temps or you may see a slide going out and back in battery in very slow motion. I live in CA. and do not have to worry about that, but had that happen to me in Montana where the temps were about 20 degrees. Dry graphite is better in freezing weather.
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After a few hundred rounds it should all start to loosen up a bit also. I love the 9E, cool grad gift for your son too!
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thanks

Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement.
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also break in with 9 mm ball with heavier bullet weight at least 124 grain that smooths things up quickly.
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All good advice from the others here. And I'm not bashing the 9E, but I had a similar experience with a NIB 9E about a year ago. Multiple FTF, jams, etc. Couldn't get through a single full magazine regardless of the ammo I used.

I'm of the opinion that any firearm I buy should work as designed right out of the box (and following a pre-range cleaning). So, I called Ruger CS, explained what was going on, and they told me to send it in. After a week or so, they contacted me to say they couldn't fix it and offered a replacement.

My recommendation is to clean it again, lube it up a bit, try different ball ammo, and if the problem persists - send it back to Ruger. They'll make it right.

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Glad it's up and running. Now give it a chance to catch up to the SR9!
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The cloths are good for rust protection, but they aren't adequate to lube the moving parts.
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Update

Took my son's properly lubricated SR9E to the range today. I put 50 rounds each American Eagle and Winchester White Box through it and it ran perfectly. It shot better also.

Moral of the story, go to Ruger tech tips and lube it like the Ruger guy in the video. Thanks again for the advice and encouragement.
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Q tip and STP. If you put some in your truck use what is left in the container it will last forever. bcofmt
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Hey Strap, glad to hear the pistol is working as it should. Enjoy.
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Haven't shot my 9E for a while but it has had about 400 rounds through it since it was last cleaned. Shot about 100 fresh reloads through it today shooting Remington primers with 124 grain coated bullets. Had probably 8 fail to go into battery and 6 or so fail to fire with good primer strikes. The gun even double fired, that was cool! The fail to fires went off with another try and even in my SR1911 that was clean there was a few fail to fire, I blame it on the Remington primers that I recently bought. I blame the double fire and other fail to go into battery on the gun's dirty condition, it had been flawless before with different ammo. The double fire probably because of a dirty striker channel. In hindsight, I would have liked more than that double tap to occur because I hit the 8 inch steel plate with both bullets at 10 yards!
Fun gun that I will clean up good as new and have complete faith in it!
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